From the October 1957 magazine.

BB of AA

The Ohio Way. . .

WE HAVE HEARD that penal AA started at San Quentin Prison in California in 1941. In Ohio we did not get under way until 1949, when, after considerable negotiating, the first meeting was held at the Ohio Penitentiary on June 19. The occasion made an indelible impression on me. The group members present were some sixty-five screened inmates, who sat in the body of the prison auditorium; and twenty-three outside AAs from Cleveland and Columbus, who sat on the stage. It was a new experience for everyone there and each group looked over the other group rather carefully.

Today eleven Ohio correctional institutions hold twelve regular meetings. All the groups did not start at the same time, of course: the second one was at the London Prison Farm, in October 1949. The groups started out well, with outside AAs acting as chairman, secretary, etc., and providing the speakers. As time went on, these and other groups assumed their full functions, electing their own officers and arranging their own programs.

-- Anon.

Columbus, Ohio

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